Global aerospace and defense manufacturer Boeing recently announced plans to contribute $5 million to develop a proposed advanced manufacturing center in St. Louis, Missouri. The new center is expected to create thousands of high-paying jobs in the region.
“For the Boeing Co., this partnership is strategic for many reasons,” said Steve Nordlund, Vice President of Boeing Phantom Works, which develops advanced military products and technologies. “An advanced manufacturing center like this will accelerate the Midwest, more specifically St. Louis, as a technology and innovation hub for all of our industries.”
The advanced manufacturing center will help build supply chain and manufacturing start-ups and focus on agricultural, automotive, construction, biomedical and geospatial technologies.
“Imagine people coming to a place where you can see the most advanced manufacturing going on across those sectors and experts from each area able to trade knowledge, collaborate and build new capabilities for the future,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMICSTL).
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said the proposed advanced manufacturing center will create opportunities for residents of north St. Louis City and north St. Louis County to find careers in good-paying jobs.
“I often say that our children can’t be what they can’t see and imagine what our babies will see when they see this facility in the middle of north St. Louis. It’s this kind of investment that makes our neighborhoods safer and stronger in the long run,” said Mayor Jones.